Basketball balls out

A hungry and experienced Caps men’s basketball team is looking to make some noise this season.

The Caps finished last season with a 20-7 record. The Caps fell short of a state championship with a loss to Clayton in the East region quarterfinals. With early season hopes, the Caps are looking to bounce back.

“I want to be Cap 8 regular season and tournament champions” said senior Roy McMillian

But this year’s team isn’t settling for just a Cap 8 championship, they want a ring.

“We have an endless amount of talent, and if we can play well together we can do something special. I hope to win a state championship,” said sophomore Jack Hemphill.

Head coach Jeff Ferrell is in his 18th season as Broughton varsity men’s basketball coach. Early into this year’s season he already likes this year’s team.

“I am excited to see how much all of the players seem to look after each other. I also like to see how they enjoy each other on and off of the court,” said Ferrell.

This year the Caps have a lot of experience, with nine seniors on the roster. Senior guards Jerome Robinson and Brooks Palmer look to handle the ball in the front court. Seniors McMillian, Austin Burnette and Alex Lai look to play down low.

“This year I really like our size,” Robinson said.

Lai has the potential to have a big impact this year. Lai is a transfer from Cardinal Gibbons and will play his senior season here at Broughton.

“As a senior I would love to win a state championship and also make bonds with my teammates that will never be broken” Robinson said.

The coaching staff believes that this year’s team experience can carry this team far.

“Our experience is beneficial because we have a lot of guys who played a lot of minutes for us last year and are used to the faster pace of the varsity game. It’s also beneficial because these guys know each other and know how the others play, so we have a lot of chemistry coming into the season. I am excited to see what could happen with such an experienced and talented group when they are as unselfish as they are and care more about the team as a whole versus their own personal gain. It is going to be an exciting year” said assistant coach Evan Dermott.

“I am excited for the Millbrook home game. Really any Cap 8 game is something to look forward to,” said Hemphill.

The Capitals open conference play December 12 at Wake Forest High School. Some more games will occur over winter break in the High School OT Tournament this December. Broughton will host the tournament for the 18th year.

“The High School OT tournament is always exciting,” said Ferrell.

The Caps are ready to play this season and are looking to accomplish their goals of Cap 8 champs and State champs.

The Capitals started the season strong with an 83 to 69 win over the reigning state champions of Apex on Tuesday night. Robinson led the team with 22 points and McMillian added on another 19 points.